Living Energy

Living Energy is the energy all around you – right now, at this present moment.  Some of it is obvious (solar, air/wind), most of it is not (gravity, subtle temp +humidity changes ++).  All of it is dynamic, although it appears static (passive).  Most living things tap into this dynamic, invisible energy daily – except humans.   

The Living Energy Learning Center (LeLc) located in the California Sierra mountains shows unique, proven

…Nikola Tesla

ways to tap into Living Energy and Water by providing FUN, experiental learnings.  We bring  simple, appropriate technology & Viktor Schauberger + Nikola Tesla (and others’) work to life.

The LeLc is aligned with Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects (WTR) as part of the Great Turning.  Please see  WTR link in the menu above.

Status: As of October 2016, the LeLc earthen plaster floor is completed.  The ceramic tile mandala floor is 70% finished.  We are assembling  various experiental learning demos.  Our latest addition is a biomass cooking + heating stove (SilverLight Hunter)  and bio-lite stove for charging your smartphone with a burning stick!


world in hand

Dynamic Living Energy, also known as Bio – Dynamic, BioEnergetics or energy permaculture is the energy that  flows through all living entities.  From the tiniest bacteria to the tallest trees and  all universes.  Living Energy is most obvious when you observe flowing water.

Victor Schauberger, Nikola Tesla,  Walter Russell, Wilhelm Reich, Rudolph Steiner, Masaru Emoto are all pioneers in living energy.  It is not mainstream, yet it keeps the mainstream flowing + alive.

Living energy is the energy that keeps us living.  It is the antithesis to our modern industrial world and its use of dead energy, aka fossil fuels. Some say our fossil fuel uses and its explosive technologies are one of the root causes of our violent, war/fear driven world.

Rather than using energy arrived from dead organic matter and ancient animals, perhaps we can switch to living energy and create a more peaceful, loving +  compassionate world.

This website and the LeLc* focuses on using Living Energy for practical, everyday applications.  There are living energies all around you right now as you are reading this.  They are mostly not obvious.

Living energy is not just a concept – it is a life style. It’s about using only the energy currently available to us and not borrowing from future generations’ wellbeing. Using today’s current (present moment) available energy is the most sustainable.  Storing it for tomorrow’s use, gets less sustainable.

Living energy is closely related to energy permaculture and to low-cost passive energy systems that emulate nature’s patterns (biomimetic). It is also a subset of community microgrids (see above tab) that power up using local, sustainable, and decentralized (distributed) energy systems.

Here are five criteria for Living Energies:

1. Uses current solar income.
2. Effective (lowest)  embodied energy
3. Diverse + Resilient (self-healing)
4. Upcycle-able + regenerative
5. Celebrates abundance & diversity

The Living Energy Learning Center provides experiental lesson plans for dozens of everyday applications to reduce your energy costs while maintaining your comfort. Each lesson plan has a Living Energy Index based on the above five criteria.

The LeLc*  focuses on indepth, experiental learning (by doing) about  natural living energies that are available around us from sustainable, natural resources.

dome main1

Here is a picture of the on-going construction of the main learning center Dome1geodesic dome.  And then the EPDM outer skin.


inside cupola2                        Inside the Dome and looking up at pentagon cupola.


* LeLc = Living Energies Learning Center


 History of Living Energies

Pioneers of living energies are Viktor Schauberger, Nikola Tesla, Rudolph Steiner, Walter Russell, and Masaru Emoto.  By far, Viktor Schauberger has contributed more to the insights and some practical applications of living energies in the early mid 20th century.  His inventions of the log flume, repulsin, ++ have been mostly hidden from the mainstream.  Callum Coates has done a wonderful job of bringing some of Viktor Schaubergers concepts and applications into the English language.

The best source for information about Viktor Schauberger’s (and his son Walter Schauberger) work is carried on by his grandson Joerg Schauberger in Bad Ischl, Austria through the PKS learning center. English information on the PKS learning center can be found here.


L.E. = Living Energy (‘bio’ – ‘dynamic’) is the vibrant energy within our natural ecosystem: trees, plants, animals, and even the rocks all around us.  Instead of using ‘dead (fossilized) energy’ to power our society, we need to rediscover the bounties of living energy and how to gently harness it all around us.

People like Nikola Tesla, Viktor Schauberger, Walter Russell and many others knew that nature’s own energies are accessible to all humans – including free energies, living water, and a benign, ‘connected’ way of living:  without the violent extractions + explosions or our current energy systems.

Join us at our learning center as we practice and teach others about living energies.

The Living Energy Learning Center  (LeLc) is located within a forest sanctuary in the hi-Sierra at WinSol.  The LeLc provides experiential learnings about Living + Natural energies within the context of biodynamics + permaculture.

While most learning centers, especially organic and permaculture learning centers,  appear to preach to the choir and are reluctant to approach the real mainstream, the LeLc focuses on the mainstream and in building bridges to everyone, including businesspeople – aka ‘masters of the universe’ – those three-piece suit beings.————————————————————————————-Living energies are those forces behind the extraordinary creative forces of nature.  Ever wonder why the ‘Golden ratio’ (1.1618…) is the same for the orbits of moons and planets as for a rose petal, a nautilus shell, the pyramids, your hands, etc.?

Ever wonder how some fish swim upstream faster than seems possible?  Want to learn how to cool your perishables to  ~40o F without using refrigeration or ice?  These and many more living energies are demonstrated and explained, along with simple, lo-cost renewable energy technologies at the WinSol Living Energy Learning Center.

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the experiental lessons offered:

(these are not your ordinary schemes: they are re-engineered to be ingenious, super lo-cost + relatively easy to do yourself)

10 SHW drainback + passive
11 Rainwater harvesting  
12 Greywater system  
13 BioSand slow Filter  
14 Ram Pump  
15 ABS solar preheater  
16 Solar Dehydrator  
17 Solar Air Heaters  
18 Solar Cookers  
19 Rocket Mass Heaters + stoves
20 Troop (zeer) + Olla Pots  
21 Root Cellar +
22 Earth Tubes  
23 Lighting LED+  
24 Heat + Cool Recovery  
25 Ice ponds @ 42F  
26 Natural Ventilation  
27 Weatherization  
28 Thermal Mass  
29 Earthen Plaster  
30 Thermal Curtains  
31 Thermal Chimney  
32 DeConstruction  
33 Salvage Materials  
34 Upcycling  


Living energy can also be called ‘Natural energy’ or  Energy permaculture  which emulates natural systems and embodies a set of biodynamic values and practices that connect us with earth’s own abundant energy forces.  Living energies avoid external ‘explosive’ forms of power and adapt nature’s own inward ‘vortex’ forms of power.  Seems that Edison and company were a bit amiss, and that Nikola Tesla and Viktor Schauberger were on an enhanced track.

Come to WinSol3’s learning center to learn more about Living energies.

Energy permaculture is a subset within Living Energies:

It is possible for a small/medium sized community to generate 100% of it’s own energy from its surrounding natural resources – within 5km –  in a sustainable + reliable manner (read more about Community Microgrids under the ‘Home’ tab).

Energy Permaculture is the first part in achieving this local, independent community energy system.  At the end of this eight step energy permaculture program, a development plan can be reviewed, discussed, and acted on:

(The following eight steps were derived from Holgrem/Mollison’s permaculture work, and are a result of practicing + teaching energy commons + permaculture for several organizations)

1.     Observation
2.     Inventory
3.     Assessment
4.     Feasibility
5.     Financing
6.     Plan + Design
7.     Implementation + CPM
8.     Operations + Maintenance


  1. Observation


  • Neutral, non-evaluative observation of site’s current natural resources


  • Define site boundaries, adjacencies and surrounding culture + environs
  • Observe regenerative capacities of site
  • Observe site’s diversity of resources, interactions, transition zones.
  • Recording of observations, sorting + documenting

Best Practices:


  • Shoes, eyes, clipboard, camera.
  • Follow observation guidelines established within permaculture[1].


  1. Inventory


  • Count available + potential resources within a 5km distance of CMG site
  • Establish CMG’s energy needs and wants


  • Within six permaculture zones, detailed inventory of available biomass, solar shading, wind velocities, water flowrates, underground temperatures,
  • Static + dynamic:
  • Available resources right now, what is present at this time
  • potential annual growth, replenishment, food harvested, etc
  • On-site, adjacent supply chain, future potential resources available.
  • Prioritize CMG energy needs and wants
  • Focus on reducing external energy needs as much as possible.

Best Practices:


  • NASA CERES satellite data + other databases
  • GIS and mapping tools
  • RE and energy modeling software


  1. Assessment


  • Establish ecological relationships between site resources + CMG energy needs
  • Assess eight+ renewable energy technologies’ applicably for CMG needs
  • Assess current  available solar income and on-site storage
  • Assess prioritization, distribution, timing, storage of CMG energy rqm’ts
  • Assess potential site risks and opportunities


  • Assess RE resources applicability:
    • Biomass, Biogas, MicroHydro, Geothermal, Wind, Solar HW, Solar PV +
  • Establish ecological + energy criteria
    • No financial considerations at this point

Best Practices:

Permaculture principles also set up geographical zones within which each of the 12 principles are followed



4. Feasibility


  • Reality of site’s resources meets reality of CMG’s energy needs
  • Establish whether specific renewable technologies are appropriate for CMG
  • Feasibility of each RE extraction, distribution and storage infrastructure
  • Approximate costs and ROI tradeoffs
  • Develop CMG project work scope


  • Gap analysis (CMG needs vs. available RE)
  • % of current solar income that can meet CMGs daily energy needs
  • Amount of storage required for daily nite-time, seasonal needs.
  • Intertie with adjacent communities and supply chain resources.
  • Provide estimates of RE availability + reliability. Rough first costs,  extraction + delivery of each potential RE, conversion efficiencies (btu in/btu out), risks from toxic chemicals + security, ,  rough O+M costs, LCA, Carbon Footprints, Carbon intensity gCO2e/MJ, potential, power intensity.
  • Include appropriate technology feasibilities: Passiv Building standards, Daylighting, LEDs, thermal chimneys
  • Technological complexities and innovations,  social + political constraints
  • Meeting and decisions
  • Detailed work scope and contract docs

Best Practices:


  • Scenario Planning, System Dynamics, Sensitivity Analysis
  • Various Software
  • FM, CRE, CPM practices


  1. Financing


  • Develop financing of CMG project along with timelines
  • Make decision


  • Develop accurate financials + budget for
    • Planning + Design
    • Construction Phases
    • Continual Operations + Maintenance
  • What-if scenarios, decision, fund project

Best Practices:


  • Software, Estimation guides, RS Means, etc.


 6. Plan + Design


  • Master Planning and design of the CMG


  • Contract specification and bid requirements are developed
  • Generate approved Master plan

Best Practices:


  • Software, Autocad


7. Implementation + CPM


  • Award construction contract
  • Begin construction, progress milestones, quality assurance
  • Complete construction, inspection, acceptance, occupancy.


  • The contract documents are put out to bid to pre-qualified contractors and an award is made for the construction of the CMG.
  • Construction is started, monitored, inspected, approved, and occupied.

Best Practices:

Fast track project management processes



  1. Operations + Maintenance


  • Upkeep and quality assurance of facilities + infrastructure.


  • Weekly/Monthly/Annual predictive + preventive maintenance
  • Breakdown repairing as needed.
  • Emergency and disaster recovery planning
  • Provide custodial, landscaping, food, etc. services
  • Major (5 – 10 year) maintenance
  • Short and long-term budgeting, financial contingencies.

Best Practices:

Random inspections, customer service focus,,



[2] FHS 2010 FM Congress paper:  ‘Energy Commons’ or…/Klammt.pdf

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